Food and Drink: We are not big eaters and we only had a full dinner experience four nights of the 10 nights in the four cities. My husband has pretty simple tastes and is not much of a foodie! We found that we enjoyed the cafes the most and we ate breakfast, lunch, and dinner many times at various ones in every city. The difference that made this work so well for us is that almost all the cafes have wine and beer! We could have a sandwich or other light fare, some had pizzas, soup and even some local dishes in addition to ice cream or gelato and all of the pastries! Two nights in Vienna we had ice cream sundaes for dinner at Oberlaa, a café with several locations in Vienna. One of them was right across the street from our hotel. I found that I was craving the delicious sandwiches you can pick up in so many places. We did have Wienerschnitzel, sausages, pretzels and I had fish several times. Our favorite restaurant during the whole trip was Hungarikum Bistro in Budapest. The service was welcoming and impeccable, the food was delicious, the live music was very enjoyable and the atmosphere in general was very authentic and cozy.
I have never had any problems eating in any of those cities, as I too have normal tastes.
Cannot say the same eating dinner in France where restaurants are either too expensive or just unappetizing in general.
People after my own heart-ice cream sundaes for dinner!
I enthusiastically purchased the 2017 RS Eastern Europe guidebook as it now contains sections on Romania and Bulgaria, two destinations on my 2018 itinerary.
In the Hungarian chapter in the "Eating in Budapest" section, under the heading "Near Parliament", the Hungarikum Bisztro is described: " Tucked in an unassuming neighborhood between big government ministries, the Hungarikum Bisztro is the best place in Budapest for authentic, traditional Hungarian cuisine. Rather than gouging tourists, the youthful owners consider themselves ambassadors for the dishes their grandma raised then on. "
What a wonderful statement.
I must say, I've eaten there (thanks to James E. for his Budapest restaurant list) and I loved it.
There are quit a few restaurants in Budapest, and I've eaten in exactly three, so my opinion is meaningless. However, the RS statement certainly supports a consideration for your dining pleasure should you find yourself in this fascinating city.
It may be good, but when RS puts in a book
" Tucked in an unassuming neighborhood between big government ministries, the Hungarikum Bisztro is the best place in Budapest for authentic, traditional Hungarian cuisine"
Then by definition it becomes a tourist destination. I cringe every time one of my favorite places ends up in a book. But thats not always bad. But there are a dozen equal places in Budapest. Still, glad you loved it!